5 December 2006
Can you spot a fake
Buying cheap CDs or DVDs?
Are you sure you’re getting a bargain or are you buying a fake? Could you tell a genuine disc from a fake one? Here are a few things to look for to help you decide.
A genuine CD could contain any or all of the following –
Record label clearly indicated.
Trademarks and logos.
High quality inlay and graphics.
4 or more colour prints
Good paper quality.
SID code – a 4 character code that identifies the source of music and manufacture.
Song listing usually complete.
Plastic jewel case or quality box packaging.
Music on DVD will display the same indicators plus a DVD logo.
These things should raise your suspicions –
No record company indicated.
No song listing.
No trademarks or logos.
Poor images, blurred or poor contrast.
Spelling errors on artist's names or titles.
Print on only one side of the inlay.
Poor colour reproduction and paper quality.
Badly cut trim or fold.
No SID codes or obliterated ones.
CDs and cases sold separately – CDs sold stacked on spindles.
More than one artist’s full album on disc.
Disc is CD-R/DVD-R.
DVDs will have some of the same indicators as CDs when it comes to packaging and the quality of the print etc.
In addition genuine DVDs may contain some or all of the following –
Release date of film.
Suspect ones may contain –
All zone regions code.
Film title incomplete or cropped off disc.
Zone 1 logos and Asian or Cyrillic characters.
Copyright holder not mentioned or incorrect or fictitious.
DVD contains more than one film.
Remember if the film is currently showing in cinemas it is unlikely to be released on DVD.